Friday, 28 April 2017

My Mum's Funeral Service

My Mother's Funeral

My dear Mother's funeral has been set today for Friday, May 12th, at 1pm. The service will be held at my sister Jean's church - Christ Church, Chineham, Basingstoke, RG24 8LT. We very much value the support of all that can be there.

Liz and I will fly to the UK for this and spend two weeks there so as to get back in time for the annual Field Conference here on May 26-27 at João Pessoa. We value your prayers for everything. Philip, who is assistant pastor, will lead the Patos church in our absence.

We had another three quarters of an inch of rain again yesterday at Green Pastures and when I got there this morning the dam was again overflowing. It has rained again tonight and so far nearly two inches has fallen at Green Pastures bringing our total rainfall this rainy season to almost 35 inches! Wonderful! PTL!

Thursday, 27 April 2017

EAB Magazine

The EAB InTouch magazine #87 is at the printers and should be despatched to all next week. The new edition has been put on the website today where you can read it right now at

Over 500 messages have already been received with condolences for my dear Mum's passing. Many phone calls have been received too. We are very grateful to all for their care and support at this time. My sister Jean is working on the funeral arrangements and Liz and I will seek flights to be there once a date is set. I can tell you that the funeral service will be held at Christ Church, Chineham, Basingstoke. Liz and I plan to be in the UK for about a fortnight, which should include getting to the EAB Board Meeting at West Wellow. We have to be back in Brazil in good time for the Field Conference on May 26-27 in João Pessoa.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Mum is with the Lord

My dear Mother, Margaret, was born at Prince’s Street, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England, on the 12th October 1924. She was the daughter of Isaac and Alice Biddall. Mum moved to London in her youth where she survived the bombings of World War II. She married Dad, George (who died in Brazil in 2002), in May 1947. I was their first child, born in January 1949, and was followed by the arrival of my sisters in 1950 (Jean) and 1955 (Joy). My Mother loved to visit Brazil. The photos are from her last visit to Green Pastures in 2009 for my 60th birthday. My Mum lived 92 blessed years and was a fervorous Christian who loved to pray. Mum went to be with the Lord this Wednesday, 26th April, at 20:10 (UK) time. I praise God for my wonderful Mother’s life. 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

New Nutshell

I produced the latest EAB Nutshell Update today and have successfully dispatched it. If you haven't received a copy and would like one then please send me your email address as a comment at the bottom of this publication.

My dear Mum just keeps plodding on there in England. Bless her heart. I am in constant contact with my sister Jean via WhatsApp about the situation. One minute Mum's a bit better and another she's worse. Tonight Jean left the home with Mum not so well. It's all in the Lord's hands and I value your prayers.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Mum is in an extremely fragile condition

My dear Mother, aged 92, there in Hampshire, England, is hanging on to life these last few days. It doesn't matter what your Mum's age is - it's always your Mum and one feels it even at this distance. We know she's in the Lord's hands and trust Him always. The doctor thought Sunday would be Mum's limit and all the family in the UK gathered. Mum however is still with us this Monday night and we pray for her and for my sister Jean who is doing all she can to support the staff at Mum's home where she is. We value your prayers for the whole situation.

A week ago today I had five blibs and blobs removed from my skin and that went very well. Liz and I had our annual eye tests too with no change in lens strength for either of us.

We had a good meeting of the Patos church leadership last Tuesday and had a good united discussion on a variety of matters. The service in Patos yesterday was good. My sermon on true worshippers went well when we focused on the need for worship to be in spirit (from the soul/heart) and in truth (absolutely sincere). Another soup run went great on the Friday and the Christians in Action group did well again with the church plant at Ipueira. 

We've had the Butterfly researcher team (Federal University) back for another 3-day spell at Green Pastures and on Wednesday it's the Lizards (Iguana, Teju and smaller lizards) team from the same university who will be back for another 3-day spell. Today the native tree experts were there. Over the weekend we had another inch of rain and our rainy season total is now over 32 inches! PTL!

The new edition of EAB's 'InTouch' magazine is about to go to press. Watch this space... and your letter boxes in a couple of weeks or so's time!

Monday, 17 April 2017

Easter Family Break

Amidst all the church activities over Easter we managed to fit in our traditional family break at Green Pastures. I went alone on Wednesday night because everyone else was scared of getting stuck on the earth road - but my jeep has 4-wheel drive so goes anywhere. I arrived there to a power cut but all was fine. I layed on the veranda in a hammock in the moonlight and rain (half and inch). We have now had 31.5 inches of rain this rainy season which is far more than most places.

I was up at 4.20 am on Thursday morning and set off walking for 4.5 hours. Wonderful! My boots and jeans were soaked up to the knees from the overnight rain. During my walk Liz arrived with lots of family members and by lunch time we had a good crowd. My nephew and his wife and Liz's neice and her family arrived later and eventually we had 31 present adding up kids, spouses, grandkids, neices and nephews! Things have developed from 50 years ago this Easter when Liz and I started going out together!

We had a lovely relaxing family time with cricket, table tennis, walking, swimming, eating, chatting, Easter egg hunting, praying together etc. Really wonderful! We were back in Patos on Saturday night all ready for the big day in church on Easter Sunday.